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Library Associates Literary Award

Recipients of the Saint Louis Literary Award

The highlight of each year for the Associates, at least since 1967, has been the selection of the recipient and the presentation of the St. Louis Literary Award to a distinguished figure in literature. From 1967 until 1981, the award was known as the Messing Award in honor of Roswell and Wilma Messing, Jr., who provided the initial funding for the prize.

2017     Margaret Atwood
2016     Michael Ondaatje
2015     David Grossman
2014     Jeanette Winterson
2012     Tony Kushner
2011     Mario Vargas Llosa
2010     Don Delillo
2009     Salman Rushdie
2008     E. L. Doctorow2007      William H. Gass
2006      Michael Frayn
2005      Richard Ford2004     Garry Wills
2003     Margaret Drabble
2002     Joan Didion
2001     Simon Schama
2000     N. Scott Momaday
1999     Chinua Achebe
1998     Seamus Heaney
1997     Stephen E. Ambrose
1996     Antonia Fraser1
1995     Edward Albee
1994     Stephen Jay Gould
1993     David McCullough
1992     Shelby Foote
1991      August Wilson
1990      Tom Wolfe
1989      Richard Purdy Wilbur
1988      Joyce Carol Oates
1987      John Updike
1986      Saul Bellow
1985      Walker Percy
1984      No Recipient
1983      Eudora Welty
1982      William Styron
1981      James A. Michener
1980      Arthur Miller
1979      Howard Nemerov
1978      Mortimer J. Adler
1977      Robert Penn Warren
1976      R. Buckminster Fuller
1975      John Hope Franklin
1974      Tennessee Williams
1973      James T. Farrell
1972      Francis Warner
1971      Barbara Tuchman
1970      W. H. Auden
1969      George Plimpton
1968      Jacques Barzun
1967      Henry Steele Commager

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